Felicitation for young cricketers
A grand felicitation ceremony has been organised by the Kandurata
Provincial Cricket Development Centre to felicitate the young cricketers
from the Kandy District who have brought honour to the district by
winning championship titles in the tournaments conducted by Sri Lanka
Cricket at a ceremony to be held at the Pallekelle Cricket Stadium in
Pallekelle today - Friday July 24th at 4 p.m.
The Operations Manager of the Kandurata Cricket Development of Sri
Lanka Cricket C. Philomen Raj in an interview said that the junior
cricketers from the Kandy District have excelled in the under 15 and
under 19 cricket tournaments conducted by the Sri Lanka Cricket and both
have remained unbeaten and their performances need to be recognised to
encourage them to greater deeds in the future.
Philomen Raj himself a former St. Athony's College and Combined
Colleges said that the Kandy District Under 15 team won the Prima
Under-15 cricket championship with a fine eight wicket win in the
finals. There are some promising cricketers in Sadun Weerakkody, Manoj
Sarathchandra, Niroshan Dickwella, Yohan Woods, Tharaka Jayasinghe,
Thushan Hettige, Kanishka Ranaraja just to name a few who have excelled
for the team.
The Kandy District under 19 team became joint champions at the all
island inter-district limited over cricket tournament organised by Sri
Lanka Cricket with the finals being washed off due to rain. They also
became runners up at the first ever twenty/20 cricket tournament
organised by Sirasa TV.
He said that both teams were knitted into a fighting outfit by the
Provincial Cricket coach Sunil Fernando with the assistance of the
district cricket coaches Chaminda Kodikara and Bernard Perera and Sunil
Fernando is no stranger to the cricket field as he gave the worlds best
off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan to Sri Lanka, having identified the
talents of this bowler from a fast bowler to a spinner.
The ceremony today includes taking in procession to the venue the
under 19 and under 15 cricketers with bats of honour. They will be also
presented with medals and certificates.
Also gracing the occasion will be Manager Coaching of Sri Lanka
Cricket Malcolm Perera who himself is a product of Kandy and has done a
lot for the promotion of cricket not only in the Kandy District but in
the entire Cental Province, President of Kandy District CA Tilina
Tennakoon, Honorary Secreary Kandy District CA Roland Perera, Principals
of schools in Kandy and the Kandy district cricket coaches.
Thus it is going to be a great day for cricketers in the Kandy
District and they will be rewarded for their performances.